Cynthia 'Sam' M Bowns

1952-12-06 - 2020-07-30

Funeral Home: Kerr-Parzygnot Funeral Home 540 Dixie Hwy Chicago Heights IL (Map-it)


Service Date: 0000-00-00

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Place of Service: St. Ireneaus Catholic Church 78 Cherry Street, Park Forest, IL (Map-it)

Cemetery: Assumption Cemetery 19500 S Cottage Grove, Glenwood, Illinois (Map-it)

Info: 708-754-0016

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Cynthia “Sam” M. Bowns (nee Cucuro) age 67 of Janesville, WI, formerly of Crete, IL, passed away on Thursday July 30, 2020. Sam is survived by her husband, Loren, daughters, Megan (Levi) and Kirstin (Allison), grandsons Logan, Lincoln, and Hudson. She is also survived by her parents, Ronald and Julia, her brother, Ronald Jr. She was preceded in death by her son, Morgan, and her sister, Carolyn. 

Sam was an amazing woman that mere words cannot adequately capture. She loved her family with a fierceness. Throughout her life, she fought passionately for injustices and equity for all people. In keeping with her master’s in divinity at CTU, she was labeled an activist for her devotion to the ordination of Women Deacons. She embraced people and created community wherever she went. A way we can celebrate her life and contributions to this world, is to live authentically, be our best selves, and continue her great work to make the world a better place. 

Sam loved flowers. However, if you wish, in lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her name to the following types of organizations of which she was incredibly passionate about: Food Banks and Women’s shelters.

Due to the current circumstances and restrictions caused by Covid-19 we ask that you please follow the states guidelines wearing masks/face coverings and distancing are concerned.

Visitation Thursday, August 6th from 2:00PM until 7:00PM at Kerr-Parzygnot Funeral Home, 540 Dixie Hwy. (at Joe Orr Road), Chicago Heights, IL 60411. Private funeral mass (invitation only) at St. Irenaeus Catholic Church, Park Forest, IL at 10:00AM on Friday. Interment: Assumption Cemetery, Glenwood, IL.   Info: (708) 754-0016. 



  1. Stanislaw Drewniak on August 5, 2020 at 11:27 am
    Dear Loren, Megan and Kristin,
    Please accept my deepest words of sympathy and my prayers for Cindi and for All of you. I am so sorry!!!
    May Cindi rest in peace!
    Fr. Stanley Drewniak

  2. Tina L Carter on August 5, 2020 at 1:57 pm

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Cindi was a true warrior and I will miss her. She is now among the communion of saints….

  3. Deacon Jim and Pat Wharry on August 5, 2020 at 4:15 pm
    Our thoughts and prayers are with Loren and their family. May Sam rest in peace. God bless her.

  4. Theresa Drwiega on August 5, 2020 at 4:40 pm

    Sam was a wonderful lady. She helped me find my faith back in 2008 when I joined the RCIA program at St. Liborious church. I am praying for Loren and all of her family. May she rest in peace

  5. Paula Mikulich on August 5, 2020 at 8:16 pm

    Cindi was an incredible lady whose spirit touched so many people. I loved her smile and her wisdom and will never forget her blessing our home with Loren. So deeply sorry for your family.

  6. Sr. Elwira Dziuk on August 5, 2020 at 8:42 pm
    Dear Sam’s Family and Friends,
    Please accept my sincere condolences on the loss of a very passionate woman!
    Our group meetings are not going to be the same without her.
    Keeping all of you in prayer!

  7. Joe & Carmen Czajka on August 5, 2020 at 9:56 pm
    Loren,our deepest condolences…
    our love to y’all
    Joe & Carmen

  8. Robert Baumgartner on August 6, 2020 at 10:23 am
    Gloria and I send our prayers and condolences
    May Cindi Rest In Peace

  9. Marion on August 6, 2020 at 11:19 am

    Praying for you all , so sad

  10. Sandy Brunson on August 6, 2020 at 11:19 am
    Dear Loren and Family
    Tony and I send our deepest condolences to you all. Sam will be greatly missed by all who knew her especially those at St Irenaeus. Prayers to you all. Sandy & Tony

  11. Patty Tomlinson on August 6, 2020 at 8:48 pm
    I am so sad that Cindy has left this world so soon. She was an amazing person. Always made me feel wonderful being around her. She has left a loving mark on everyone she encountered. Truly a very special person.she will be there for all of us when we enter heaven. Certainly look forward to that. I am so glad she was my cousin.

  12. T. Marion Johnson on August 6, 2020 at 9:37 pm

    May you be comforted in knowing Sam is hearing, “Well done thy good and faithful servant, I am welcoming you home to eternal rest in my loving arms.” She was indeed a remarkable woman who lived an incredible life of service. I was privileged to call her my friend at CTU.

  13. Barbara Maine on September 18, 2020 at 9:24 pm
    Dear Loren & family,
    Just to let you know that I hope and pray for many beautiful memories to bring you comfort during this difficult time. God bless you all.
    Barbara Maine (former St. Liborius member)
    Saint John, Indiana

  14. Deborah Rose-Milavec on October 19, 2020 at 12:21 pm
    Dear Loren and family,
    We will be remembering Sam at the FutureChurch 30th anniversary celebration. Her advocacy for women deacons strengthened the effort in ways she could not have known. Anyone who knew Sam and heard her stories were forever transformed by her passion, her energy, and her faith. Deb Rose Milavec, Co-Director, FutureChurch

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